GR businesses open on Labor Day experience good traffic

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The long weekend meant businesses big and small decided to close shop for an extra day, but there were a handful in Grand Rapids who decided to see the Work like a typical workday.

Among them was the Purple East cannabis store on Plainfield Avenue NW.

“Being a small business, we really can’t afford to miss a revenue opportunity,” said President and Co-Owner Drew Phillippy.

Purple East at Grand Rapids on September 5, 2022.

Phillippy added that all holidays are usually busy for Purple East and that was also the case on Monday.

“We know that most of our clientele are people celebrating the holidays,” Phillippy said. “People need the goods to bring to these events, so we’re here to make those sacrifices, sometimes, to provide people with what they need for those experiences.”

Peppino’s restaurant on Ionia Avenue downtown was also open, but with limited hours. While Monday saw more take-out orders than appointments, manager and bartender Cameron Beals said Labor Day was busier than any typical weekday.

“We had a good flow of people for the holiday weekend,” Beals said. “People are coming back from the north, there are families who don’t want to cook today, or whatever – we can contribute, help them, feed them, give them a good time and a place (to ) watching sports, and hanging out.”

Peppino’s began operating on Labor Day 2020, when the pandemic was at its peak and needed the business. Then the 2021 vacation was a success, so he decided to stay open this year as well.

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